Asthma Canada

Asthma Canada Asthma Canada's mission is to help Canadians with asthma lead healthy lives through education, advocacy and research. https://linktr.ee/asthmacanada

"Êtes-vous un expert de l'asthme, ou avez-vous encore des choses à apprendre? Parcourez notre carrousel éclairant pour l...
05/25/2024

"Êtes-vous un expert de l'asthme, ou avez-vous encore des choses à apprendre? Parcourez notre carrousel éclairant pour le découvrir, puis mettez vos connaissances à l'épreuve avec notre quiz en ligne! Rejoignez-nous pour sensibiliser ce 📚🌬️ Commencez le quiz ici : https://es.gaapp.org/Wad2024/"

The weather is warming up and we all want to spend more time outdoors! While exercise is beneficial for your physical an...
05/24/2024

The weather is warming up and we all want to spend more time outdoors! While exercise is beneficial for your physical and mental health - if your asthma isn’t controlled it can cause complications.

If your doctor has given you a physical examination and determined that you have exercise-induced asthma they may recommend that you use your reliever medication 10 to 20 minutes before you begin exercising.

This can help reduce the likelihood that symptoms associated with exercise-induced asthma will flare up. Discover more information on asthma & exercise at the link!

https://asthma.ca/get-help/living-with-asthma/exercising-asthma/

What is eosinophilic asthma?In recent years, researchers have discovered that asthma is more than just one disease, and ...
05/20/2024

What is eosinophilic asthma?

In recent years, researchers have discovered that asthma is more than just one disease, and treatment is not one size fits all.

Tremendous progress has been made in understanding the causes and physiological effects of different types of asthma and the diverse approaches needed to treat them. Asthma is now considered a syndrome with different characteristics, or phenotypes.

Eosinophils are a type of white blood cell. Some people produce a higher than usual amount of eosinophils, which causes inflammation of the airways, leading to asthma symptoms. This form of asthma is often associated with sinusitis or nasal polyps. This phenotype is often severe from onset.

Eosinophils usually respond to corticosteroids, but in severe asthma, heightened levels of eosinophils persist despite inhaled and oral corticosteroid treatment.

Learn more about eosinophilic asthma at the link!

https://asthma.ca/get-help/understanding-asthma/asthma-phenotypes/

The best way to avoid allergen-triggered asthma attacks is to reduce overall exposure to the allergen.While it’s not alw...
05/17/2024

The best way to avoid allergen-triggered asthma attacks is to reduce overall exposure to the allergen.

While it’s not always possible to control your environment to totally eliminate and/or avoid allergens, there are a few ways you can minimize your risk. Visit the link for tips on how to avoid common triggers such as pet dander, pollen, and dust mites.

https://asthma.ca/get-help/allergies-and-asthma/managing-allergies

The daily struggle of managing a chronic illness can take a toll on your mental wellbeing, but know that you are not alo...
05/13/2024

The daily struggle of managing a chronic illness can take a toll on your mental wellbeing, but know that you are not alone. This , we want our community to know that is a source of support and resources.

If asthma is causing you anxiety, please reach out to our Asthma and Allergies Helpline where we can help you get in control of your condition.

https://asthma.ca/what-we-do/helpline

Thank you to everyone who joined our latest webinar on asthma & allergens with Dr. O'Keefe! If you missed it and still w...
05/10/2024

Thank you to everyone who joined our latest webinar on asthma & allergens with Dr. O'Keefe! If you missed it and still want to learn, all our webinars are available for viewing on our site. Visit the link to watch, listen and learn 💙



https://asthma.ca/what-we-do/asthma-canada-webinars/

05/10/2024

For , Asthma Canada arranged for Dr. Shawn Aaron, Respirologist at the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute to speak with Robyn Miller on CBC Ottawa News about asthma, precautions people living with asthma should take during wildfire season and about the hurdles individuals face in accessing asthma diagnosis and care within our healthcare system.

Did you know that one in two people in Canada are living with uncontrolled asthma?Living with uncontrolled asthma can le...
05/09/2024

Did you know that one in two people in Canada are living with uncontrolled asthma?

Living with uncontrolled asthma can lead to a decrease in quality of life, avoidable illness, and tragically, in some cases, even death.

If asthma is keeping you from doing the things you love in life, it could be a sign that your asthma is uncontrolled.

Take a moment to assess your asthma control by answering these 5 questions.

If you suspect your asthma is uncontrolled, download a free Asthma Action Plan from our website and use it to have a conversation with your healthcare professional about your asthma management.

Download your free Asthma Action Plan here: https://asthma.ca/get-help/living-with-asthma/asthma-action-plan/

05/08/2024

“Rudhro Prince was like any other happy eight-year-old boy. But one thing made him different – he had asthma. In 2018, Rudhro was having a severe asthma attack. His mother Rumi, called 911. Rudhro looked at her and said, mummy I can’t breathe. I’m going to die.

Rudhro died in a coma two weeks later.

Since that tragic day, Hassan and Rumi Prince have devoted their lives to raising awareness to the severity of asthma and they say our hardworking and tireless repository educators and first responders need more support.
Each year in Ottawa they host the Rudhro Prince Walk to raise money for Asthma Canada, CHEO (Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario) and St. Mary’s Elementary School.

This year will be the sixth year of the Rudhro Prince Memorial walk on September 29th and I look forward to joining them along with many people in the community as well as our first responders.

Every day Hassan and Rumi fight through their pain, to focus on the legacy they have created for their son. No matter how dark the skies are in their world, they have never given up hope. Hope that the legacy they have created for Rudhro can help save others.

Today on World Asthma Day I recognise Asthma Canada, marking their 50th Anniversary, working towards their mission of enhancing life for Canadians with asthma, empowering them to live active symptom-free lives.

It is a day to remember Rudhro and other victims of this disease and it’s a day for us to learn and be more aware of the severity of asthma.”

A heartfelt thank you to MPP Goldie Ghamari for shedding light on the devastating impact can have on families at the Legislative Assembly of Ontario on .

05/07/2024

"When I work in the E.R., asthma exacerbation is a common chief complaint for the patients I care for, especially the little ones – the children.

There is nothing worse than not being able to breathe, and while some patients face severe limitations, for most, with proper diagnosis and treatment, they can effectively manage this condition.

I would also like to highlight that this year marks the 50th anniversary of Asthma Canada – with many representatives here with us today.

This organization has been a beacon of hope, support, and advocacy, empowering Canadians with asthma to live active, symptom-free lives through education, research, and advocacy.

Looking ahead, Asthma Canada and the Ontario government share a vision for improved asthma care. We are committed to a future where research thrives, awareness is heightened, and healthcare is proactive.

Today, as we commemorate this day, let’s reaffirm our commitment to supporting those affected by asthma, working hand in hand with great organizations like Asthma Canada.”

A huge thanks to Natalia Kusendova Bashta for helping us shine a light on asthma at the Legislative Assembly of Ontario this .

Today, on  , Asthma Canada had the privilege of attending a meeting of the Ontario Legislature at Queen’s Park, during w...
05/07/2024

Today, on , Asthma Canada had the privilege of attending a meeting of the Ontario Legislature at Queen’s Park, during which MPPs were presented with the chance to learn about the challenges faced by those living with asthma and the impactful work Asthma Canada does for the asthma community.

A big thank you to MPP Natalia Kusendova-Bashtafor for providing us with this invaluable opportunity!

For more information on Asthma Canada’s activities this World Asthma Day, visit: https://asthma.ca/world-asthma-day-2-million-canadians-living-with-uncontrolled-asthma-urged-to-take-control-of-their-condition/

Did you know that over 2 million people in Canada are living with uncontrolled asthma?Living with uncontrolled asthma ca...
05/06/2024

Did you know that over 2 million people in Canada are living with uncontrolled asthma?

Living with uncontrolled asthma can lead to a decrease in quality of life, avoidable illness, and tragically, in some cases, even death.

Tomorrow, Tuesday May 7th, is and this year, Asthma Canada will be shedding light on the prevalence of uncontrolled asthma across our nation while calling on all those living with this disease, to access their own asthma control.

For more information, visit https://asthma.ca/world-asthma-day/

P.S, you can get involved this World Asthma Day - help us spread about uncontrolled asthma to your friends and family through your social media channels

Tuesday May 7 is  , and we want to hear your story! 🩵Asthma affects the lives of more than 4 million Canadians in many d...
05/01/2024

Tuesday May 7 is , and we want to hear your story! 🩵

Asthma affects the lives of more than 4 million Canadians in many different, and often challenging ways. Whether you’re living with asthma, a caregiver to someone with asthma or someone else affected by the disease, you don’t have to face asthma in silence.

We want to share our community’s stories to better educate and support all Canadians living with asthma or a loved one who does.

If you want to share your story, visit the link in bio to learn more about how we will share it and swipe for some helpful prompts!

🌸 Breathe Easy This Spring/Summer! 🌸Are asthma and allergies putting a damper on your Spring/Summer plans? We've got you...
04/30/2024

🌸 Breathe Easy This Spring/Summer! 🌸

Are asthma and allergies putting a damper on your Spring/Summer plans? We've got you covered!

🎉 Join us on May 1st at 1pm for an enlightening session with Dr. Andrew O'Keefe where we delve into the connection between asthma and allergies.

Discover practical tips and strategies to effectively manage your conditions and reclaim your Spring/Summer joy! 🌼

Don't let asthma and allergies hold you back any longer. Reserve your spot now and breathe freely this season! 💨

Register for FREE: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/8817144865876/WN_f7TPBsTwSviUO2bAXKsGTA

Asthma Society of Canada

Did You Know? ☑  Respiratory allergies such as allergic rhinitis affect 1 in 5 Canadians 
☑  80% of people with asthma a...
04/29/2024

Did You Know?

☑  Respiratory allergies such as allergic rhinitis affect 1 in 5 Canadians 

☑  80% of people with asthma also suffer from allergic rhinitis or sinusitis 

☑  Allergies can affect your quality of life at work, school, and play 

☑  Allergic rhinitis and sinusitis are associated with more severe or frequent asthma symptoms 

☑  75% of asthma patients also have seasonal allergies

• I’m worried about getting vaccinated. What should I do?• Which vaccines are recommended for me?• What if I have an all...
04/27/2024

• I’m worried about getting vaccinated. What should I do?
• Which vaccines are recommended for me?
• What if I have an allergy to vaccine ingredients?

This National Immunization Week, we remind all those living with respiratory illnesses to speak to your healthcare professional about immunization.

Individuals with respiratory conditions face a heightened risk of severe effects and complications from contagious diseases, making vaccination especially important.

If you have questions about immunization, visit our vaccinations page, where we have worked closely with many respiratory-focused groups across Canada to provide answers to the most commonly asked questions about vaccines.

Protect your future. Get immunized!

Vaccines FAQ: https://asthma.ca/what-we-do/advocacy/lung-vaccination-working-group/ #:~:text=If%20you%20are%20living%20with,your%20community%20against%20seasonal%20flu.

As proud members of Immunize Canada - Immunisation Canada, this National Immunization Week, we’d like to remind all thos...
04/26/2024

As proud members of Immunize Canada - Immunisation Canada, this National Immunization Week, we’d like to remind all those living with asthma to consult ask their healthcare professional about immunization.

Individuals with asthma and other respiratory conditions face a heightened risk of severe effects and complications from contagious diseases such as pneumococcal disease, flu, RSV, or COVID-19 and viral infections like shingles.

Vaccines enhance your immune system's ability to fend off viruses and bacteria which prevents infection.

Ensuring you're vaccinated is crucial in avoiding unnecessary sickness.

Did you know that today is Global Chronic Rhinosinusitis with Nasal Polyps Awareness Day? We dare you to say that 10 tim...
04/24/2024

Did you know that today is Global Chronic Rhinosinusitis with Nasal Polyps Awareness Day? We dare you to say that 10 times fast, but first let’s do a little learning!

Nasal polyps are soft, painless, non-cancerous growths on the lining of your nasal passages or sinuses. They hang down like teardrops or grapes in your nasal passages. They may make you feel like you have a cold. If the polyps are small, you may not have many symptoms.

Larger growths or groups of nasal polyps can block your nasal passages, causing you to lose your sense of smell or have trouble breathing or frequent infections. The blocked nasal passages and sinuses can also worsen asthma symptoms.

Want to know more? Visit the link to better understand the symptoms and treatment for

https://asthma.ca/get-help/living-with-asthma/nasal-polyps/

Wishing everyone a Happy Earth Day! This is an important day for us, because the health of our planet plays a vital role...
04/22/2024

Wishing everyone a Happy Earth Day! This is an important day for us, because the health of our planet plays a vital role in air quality and respiratory health. 🌎🌱💚

Today we encourage our community to ask themselves - what are some small ways we can all start taking better care of our planet on a daily basis?

Wishing everyone a Happy Earth Day! This is an important day for us, because the health of our planet plays a vital role...
04/22/2024

Wishing everyone a Happy Earth Day! This is an important day for us, because the health of our planet plays a vital role in air quality and respiratory health.

Today we encourage our community to ask themselves - what are some small ways we can all start taking better care of our planet on a daily basis?

https://asthma.ca


Check your asthma red flags!Wondering whether your asthma is under control? We have a short quiz that will walk you thro...
04/19/2024

Check your asthma red flags!

Wondering whether your asthma is under control? We have a short quiz that will walk you through the Red and Yellow Flags checklist.

Visit the link in bio to take the quiz today.

https://asthma.ca/asthma-red-flag-checklist/


Let’s talk about pollen. Pollen is a fine powdery substance produced by species of trees, grass and w**ds. In Canada, tr...
04/17/2024

Let’s talk about pollen. Pollen is a fine powdery substance produced by species of trees, grass and w**ds. In Canada, tree pollen peaks in the spring (late April to May), while grass and w**d pollen peak in the summer (late May to mid-July) and fall (mid-August to October).

Pollen is perhaps the most obvious springtime asthma and allergy offender. As w**ds, trees, grass and other plants begin to blossom, they release pollen into the air. If you're allergic to pollen, you know what happens next —a constant onslaught of sneezes and sniffles.

Allergic reactions can cause symptoms in your nose, lungs, throat, sinuses, ears, lining of the stomach or on the skin.

For many people with allergic asthma, these triggers may result in asthma symptoms, that may make it more difficult to breathe or cause an asthma flare-up. Learn more about allergens and asthma at the link!

https://asthma.ca/get-help/allergies-and-asthma/



Allergies and asthma are related conditions linked by a common airway. They both affect our breathing by blocking the fr...
04/15/2024

Allergies and asthma are related conditions linked by a common airway. They both affect our breathing by blocking the free passage of air between the nose and the lungs.

With allergies, the obstruction occurs in the upper area of the airway when the layers of the nose become inflamed. Sneezing helps to clear the mucus from the upper part of the airway.

With asthma, the breathlessness and wheezing are caused by a narrowing of the bronchioles. Inflammation of the small airways’ layers may cause mucus to increase, making the obstruction worse. The dry cough that develops in the airways helps to clear out the mucus.

An allergic reaction in the lungs can develop into asthma, so it’s important to immediately address the symptoms to control both conditions.

https://asthma.ca/get-help/allergies-and-asthma/

Asthma Canada supports clinical trials and research studies to find new ways to manage, treat and prevent asthma, allerg...
04/12/2024

Asthma Canada supports clinical trials and research studies to find new ways to manage, treat and prevent asthma, allergies and other diseases!

Most current treatments for asthma and allergies were first shown to be effective through clinical trials.

Research studies and surveys drive medical advances and help
us better understand health conditions and their impact on people living with them.

Are you interested in joining a clinical trial? Visit our site at the link in bio to learn about how you can help advance medical research on asthma!

https://asthma.ca/what-we-do/research/clinical-trials/

Asthma Canada is thrilled to be part of the Canadian Respiratory Conference in Toronto this week! 💫Organized by the Cana...
04/11/2024

Asthma Canada is thrilled to be part of the Canadian Respiratory Conference in Toronto this week! 💫

Organized by the Canadian Thoracic Society, this conference gathers top professionals in the respiratory field to delve into crucial advancements in clinical practice, research, and education.

If you're attending the conference, be sure to swing by our booth! We'll be sharing valuable insights on managing asthma and discussing how Asthma Canada's work positively impacts the asthma community 💙

Allergy season is well underway, so it’s important to brush up on your knowledge on how allergies and asthma can combine...
04/10/2024

Allergy season is well underway, so it’s important to brush up on your knowledge on how allergies and asthma can combine in a respiratory attack.

Download our Breathe Easy booklet series to lear more about the connection between asthma and respiratory allergies as well as ways to treat and manage respiratory allergies and minimize exposure.

Get the free download at the link!

https://asthma.ca/breathe-easy-allergies/

04/08/2024

If your child has just been diagnosed with asthma, know that you are not alone.

Asthma Canada and your healthcare team have many resources available to you - swipe to learn about them and visit our site for more information!

https://asthma.ca/get-help/asthma-in-children/

When reflecting on the history of Asthma Canada and how it came to be, it's impossible to overlook, Judy Godfrey, a corn...
04/08/2024

When reflecting on the history of Asthma Canada and how it came to be, it's impossible to overlook, Judy Godfrey, a cornerstone in the formation of the charity, and its founding president.

Judy, described by her husband Sheldon as a "sparkplug" for the charity's formation, held a firm belief that funds raised for asthma causes in Canada should remain within Canada to directly aid those impacted by asthma. At the time, funds raised in Canada were beginning to be used to support asthma research and education initiatives in the United States rather than Canada.

This belief led to the formation of the “Asthma Society of Canada” as it was then known.

In the early 1970s, Judy, alongside her friend and fellow founder Jo Ann Posen, faced the challenge of leadership in an era where women had to work twice as hard for their voices to be heard. Yet, their resilience propelled them to collaborate with like-minded individuals and professionals, creating a charity dedicated to enhancing the lives of Canadians living with asthma and their families💪

As Asthma Canada marks its 50th anniversary of incorporation on Monday, April 8th, 2024, we pause to reflect on its remarkable journey and the people that made it happen including Judy, Sheldon, Jo Ann and many others who we will recognize as we share more in this anniversary year

Over the past five decades, Asthma Canada has been instrumental in improving the lives of thousands of Canadians through health promotion and educational initiatives. We've advocated for individuals living with asthma nationwide, ensuring their needs are met, while our ongoing research strives to pave the way for a better world for all impacted by asthma.

None of these accomplishments would have been achievable without the hard work and dedication of people like Judy, Jo Ann and Sheldon and, on behalf of the 4 million+ Canadians living with asthma, we would like to take this opportunity to thank them and the countless others who have contributed to our charity over the past 50 years. ❤️

If you have any anecdotes, photographs, or memorabilia to share from the 50 years of Asthma Canada, we warmly invite you to contribute by emailing us at [email protected].

Asthma Canada is celebrating 50 years! Founded in 1973 as the Asthma Society of Canada, our organization is now celebrat...
04/03/2024

Asthma Canada is celebrating 50 years! Founded in 1973 as the Asthma Society of Canada, our organization is now celebrating 5 decades of advocacy, research, fundraising and support for those suffering from this respiratory disease.

We will be celebrating our anniversary over the next several months by sharing our history, achievements, and about how we have made an impact in the lives of our community.
We want to hear from you! Send us a message sharing your experience with asthma.

https://asthma.ca/about-us/



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